[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.171) – Munich (Germany) : The city of Oktoberfest - the world’s largest folk festival


(WorldKings.org) Munich has celebrated its 850th birthday in 2008. What began as a monastery in the time of Henry the Lion in 1158 was Germany’s ‘unofficial capital’ until the Berlin Wall fell and is now its third-largest city. It’s become a hub of high technology, a cultural centre with more museums than any rival, and a gastronomic trailblazer, sparkling with Michelin stars.

Each year at the end of September and the beginning of October is the time for Munich's signature event - or "fifth season" of the year - Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk fest. The numbers are staggering: a city of 1.5 million welcomes 6-7 million visitors for 16 days, while an estimated 7 million litres of beer, more than 2 million roasted chickens, 1.5 million pairs of sausages, and countless large pretzels are consumed.

Outdoor tables in the biergärtens surrounding or adjacent to the big tents are not reserved, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The beer flows from 11am on. The earlier you come, the lighter the crowds, and easier it is to actually see the huge kilometer-square venue with all the exhibits, carnival rides, eateries, and tents.

Free brass concerts and a church service take place on the second and third Sunday mornings of Oktoberfest to delight the ear and replenish the soul. Both events take place at the foot of the mammoth Bavaria statue.

Oktoberfest with all of its wonderful wackiness continues to be one of the world's greatest options for fun and enjoyment. It is both a celebration and a caricature of Bavaria where, for a few days a year, the whole world is "Boarisch," and everyone salutes Bayern's colors of white and blue and Munich's golden yellow and black. It is a great place to meet and party with friends and family, with colleagues and clients, and, for that matter, total strangers.

According to howtogermany.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)


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